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Sturr - Graphic Designer - Clayton, NY 13624, USA

Kathy Sturr

Clayton, NY 13624, USA


Hi, I'm Kathy otherwise known as The Violet Fern. I love to paint and I love to garden. I somehow combine these two passions to make a meager, but joyful living. In my former life, I worked professionally as a graphic designer but a number of moves to small towns has made me more creative than ever. I look forward to helping you with your graphic, illustration or gardening project.


Graphic Designer



Over 20 years experience working as a graphic designer and art director for a number of ad agencies and inhouse marketing departments. Interested in freelance projects.

Work History


The Violet Fern

From August 2013

The Violet Fern garden is an actual perennial and vegetable garden named after my grandmother. The garden itself is a work in progress and is the inspiration for the subject of many of my paintings, as well as an experimental laboratory for gardening. The Violet Fern company provides fine art watercolors, illustration, graphic design as well as garden design, garden consultation and tending.


Canis Gear

January 2002 - January 2014

Dye Sublimation Specialist


January 2001 - January 2006

A company specializing in fabric tension designs for trade and retail.
Belfast, ME

Senior Graphic Designer


Syracuse, NY

Senior Graphic Designer


Boulder, CO

Art Director


Syracuse, NY

Art Director

Sage Marcom

Syracuse, NY


Nice Driveway

A detailed slideshow of a section of the Violet Fern garden I fondly refer to as the Nice Driveway. This section of the garden illustrates how a simple strip of lawn turned privacy screen and into something that is dynamic and life giving.

Meatless Monday Poster

I am a devoted Vegan and happy to donate a poster design advocating Meatless Mondays for the Humane League.

TI Park Gardens

I am in the process of converting mainly traditional, annual gardens into perennial gardens with annual accents. I also head the children's group at the Community Garden. In 2014 we learned all about bees and pollinators and built a bug hotel.


Enjoy a slideshow showing the process of how I created the Violet Fern vegetable garden which is called The Potager.

Bird & Butterfly Garden

Enjoy a slideshow of the making of the Violet Fern garden. This section of the garden is entitled The Bird & Butterfly Garden and was designed to attract and feed birds and butterflies.

Summer in a Jar

This is a recipe illustrated with watercolor. The recipe text was added using Illustrator and Photoshop.

Bear in the Basket

I illustrated this book using watercolor as a medium. I created the layout for this book using digital photography, Photoshop, and InDesign. (Size is in adherence to Amazon guidelines.) This book was then converted to a PDF and uploaded to Amazon. Joe and I are currently working on a sequel "Bear in the Bathtub."

Qualifications & Certifications

SUNY New Paltz

C.W. Baker High School


SUNY New Paltz

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